The online classroom can seem very impersonal and uninviting to an online student, especially one new to virtual learning. However, with a few simple tools, the teacher can create an environment of trust and camaraderie among their students that closely replicates the same relationship in the face-to-face classroom. In this presentation, I will equip the attendees with several online open-source tools and embedded Canvas programs that will foster this relationship as well as create order and save time in their virtual teaching. These tools include Google Voice, Google Docs, group calling apps, group texting apps, meeting apps, and scanning apps, as well as tools for creative classroom visual aides, document creation and submission, formative assessments, student collaboration, and social media applications including Facebook and Twitter.
Dr. Leach-Sparks enjoys a varied career in virtual learning. She serves as Instructional Leader for the North Carolina Virtual Public School, teaches a hybrid Music Appreciation course at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and recently developed an online graduate Jazz History course for Rutgers University. Dr. Leach-Sparks is also currently the Interim Professor of Flute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and performs as a flutist in the Carolinas and Georgia. She has presented at the Rutgers Online Learning Conference, National Association for Music Education Program Leadership Conference, the National Flute Association Annual Convention, and for many regional arts organizations. For full details on her education and music career, please visit www.LLSparks.com.